Motorsport: Champion Max Verstappen closes out Formula One season with another win at Abu Dhabi to extend record

Max Verstappen has extended his record for wins in a Formula One season, capturing his 19th victory at the circuit's 2023 finale at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The previous record was 15, set by Verstappen in 2022. He eclipsed that weeks ago, en route to 19 wins in 22 events - the most dominant season by a driver in F1 history.

His Red Bull team were victorious in all but one race on the season. Teammate Sergio Perez won races at Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan in the spring, and Ferrari's Carlos Sainz triumphed at Singapore in September.

Max Verstappen celebrates victory at Abu Dhabi.
Max Verstappen celebrates victory at Abu Dhabi. Photo credit: Getty Images

Verstappen locked up the drivers' title - his third - at the Qatar Grand Prix in October and wound up earning a record 575 points. Perez finished second in the standings, 290 points behind, as Verstappen also set the record for the largest gap between first and second place.

"An incredible season," said Verstappen, 26. "It was a bit emotional on the in lap, the last time I was sitting in the car that has, of course, given me a lot.

"Of course, very proud to win here, also at the last race."

The win was the 54th of his career for Verstappen, who has the third-most wins ever, behind Lewis Hamilton (103) and Michael Schumacher (91). Hamilton finished third in the driver standings.

Verstappen led 52 of the 58 laps, and finished ahead of Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Mercedes' George Russell.